Sayonara Author:James A. Michener It was the last thing Major Lloyd Gruver had expected... the very last thing. He considered himself a lucky man. Son of an Army general and a leading ace in the Korean war. He was stationed in beautiful, exotic Japan and was seeing a general's daughter. His futured looked pretty good. — He couldn't understand guys like Private Joe Kelly. Marrying... more » those Japanese girls, never being able to go back to the States. They were just making a lot of trouble.
No, Gruver just couldn't understand it.
And then he met Hana-ogi. After that it didn't matter what Gruver couldn't understand. Nothing mattered anymore. Just Hana-ogi.
"Sayonara is, for me, James Michener's best work, and it can and should be read for any or all of several reasons: as a moving story, told in spare strong prose; as illuminating description, original and unusual, of a rarely beautiful country; as a powerful portrayal of Americans and Japanese as they must now live together upon Japanese soil."« less